Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday! A day of rest. But also that day before Monday. Are you ready for the work week?

How about a few pieces of trivia to get your minds off of the work week?

On this day in the year 1605 a controversial play called Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston was performed. This led to two of the authors to landing in prison. The third author had fled and escaped arrest. This early Jacobean era stage play was a satire and city comedy. It was written in response to an earlier satire by Thomas Dekker and John Webster called Westward Ho. King James I was offended by Eastward Ho due to its anti-Scottish comedy. This is what led to Jonson and Chapman being arrested. The arrest of the authors made their play one of the most famous dramatic scandals of its era. Due to the scandal there is a significant amount of documentation in existence regarding the play, including personal letters written by both Chapman and Jonson while they were in prison. The play was never entirely banned or suppressed and was revived in 1613 and 1614 by the Lady Elizabeth’s Men.

On this date in 1785 the first issue of the Daily Universal Register was published by John Walter. It later was renamed The Times.

The Great Fire of New Orleans, Louisiana started 183 years ago today in 1830.

On this day in 1942 Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile. This new automobile was 30% lighter than a regular car. They called this new invention the Soybean Car or the Hemp body car.

Today is also the anniversary of the infamous live performance of Johnny Cash at Folsom State Prison. It was on January 13, 1968 when Cash did that well-known performance.

Some of the writers born on this date include:

Mark Alexander Boyd (1562), Richard Hurd (1720), Friedrich Müller (1749), Victor de Laprade (1812), Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832), Kostis Palamas (1859), Clark Ashton Smith (1893), A. B. Guthrie (1901), Dachine Rainer (1921), Michael Bond (1926), Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (1926), Edmund White (1940), William Duckworth (1943), Frank E. Peretti (1951), Jay McInerney (1955), and Lorrie Moore (1957).

It was on this day in 1929 than the American Westernlawman Wyatta Earp died.

The Irish writer James Joyce died January 13, 1941. Joyce was born in 1882 and best known Ulysses but he is also known for other major works such as his short-story collection Dubliners published in 1914 and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man published in 1916 and Finnegans Wake published in 1929. He also published books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism and letters.

Today is Korean American Day. According to Wikipedia, the Korean American community comprises about 0.6% of the United States population, or about 1.7 million people, and is the fifth largest Asian American subgroup, after the Chinese American, Filipino American, Indian American, and Vietnamese American communities.

January 13th is also Stephen Foster Memorial Day. It celebrates the life of the American song writer on the date that he died. The United States Federal Observance Day was put on the books on November 2, 1966 and was first observed in January of 1967.

peace breaks out

Today’s highlighted title is Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles.  We have new copies of the mass market paperback edition of this book for only $5.99. This classic’s description on Amazon says: “In the uneasy peace after World War II, the senior year at Devan School for Boys in New Hampshire changes from a time of fiendships into a stunning drama of tragic betrayal.”


Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.


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